Cathedral Students Donate $5,000 to Local Charities Casserly House and Sancta Maria

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The students are taught valuable lessons of giving back to their communities through the school’s service program and Campus Ministry projects.

Jim McCarthy from the Casserly House, Sharon Dias from Sancta Maria, and Heather Jack, Executive Director of Future Philanthropists are pictured with Cathedral High School Student Philanthropists

The Highland Street Foundation launched this program to teach the skills students will need to become community organizers, executive directors, board trustees, and philanthropists.

To support the needs of Cathedral’s students, the school raises well over $4 million annually. In turn, the students are taught valuable lessons of giving back to their communities through the school’s service program and Campus Ministry projects. One of these Campus Ministry projects helps the students experience being young philanthropists.

Thanks to this special program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundations Youth Philanthropy Initiative, juniors at Cathedral High School selected two local charities, Casserly House and Sancta Maria, to be recipients of donations totaling $5,000.

In a ceremony held at the Cathedral High School Gym on June 11, 2013, the students who participated in the program presented Jim McCarthy from the Casserly House a check for $3,000 and Sharon Dias from Sancta Maria a check for $2,000. Also attending the ceremony was Heather Jack, Executive Director of Future Philanthropists.

As part of the program, the students learned why nonprofits exist, what they do, and how to evaluate their effectiveness, including how to conduct research, read a budget, and make a presentation. They were then tasked with undertaking a full grant process, including proposal reviews and site visits, and were allotted $5,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to award as grants to local nonprofit organizations.

The students also did volunteer projects throughout the year to benefit local organizations.By entrusting youth to give away real money to nonprofit organizations, Future Philanthropists teaches youth about the needs within their own communities, their role as active citizens, and the meaning of “giving back.” Since 2009, this program has enabled over 600 youth to donate $400,000 to community- based organizations. Visit http://www.futurephilanthropists.org.

In addition to providing much needed charitable support, this program is training students how to give back to their community. Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation, says, “The Highland Street Foundation launched this program to teach the skills students will need to become community organizers, executive directors, board trustees, and philanthropists.”

Since 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has worked to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts by donating more than $146 million to worthy nonprofit organizations. From its support of the TADpole playground in Boston Common, to providing tickets to local sporting events to local non-profits, to building capacity and providing technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, the foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for families in Massachusetts and beyond. Visit http://www.highlandstreet.org.

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